Ketton Quarry NR
This is an excellent site for calcareous flower species - an unusual habitat in Leicestershire and Rutland. Species include Bee Orchid, Yellow-wort, Crown Vetch and Autumn Gentian. It is one of the best sites in our area for both Adders and Grass Snakes. Butterflies include Marbled White, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. It also supports a colony of Glow-worms.
Total species seen at this site: 526
Ketton Quarry is an active limestone quarry, but the reserve is a long worked-out part of the site. It consists of hills, holes and a few rocky outcrops that have been colonised by a wide range of calcareous limestone plants. Parts of the site have become scrubbed over and there is a planted beech wood. The reserve is leased by the Wildlife Trust from Castle Cement and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Grizzled Skipper||Pyrgus malvae||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Small Heath||Coenonympha pamphilus||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Orange Tip||Anthocharis cardamines||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Brimstone||Gonepteryx rhamni||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Dingy Skipper||Erynnis tages||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Green Hairstreak||Callophrys rubi||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Burnet Companion||Euclidia glyphica||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Small Purple & Gold||Pyrausta aurata||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Buff-tailed Bumblebee||Bombus terrestris||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Common Blue butterfly||Polyommatus icarus||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Speckled Wood||Pararge aegeria||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Peacock||Aglais io||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Brown Argus||Aricia agestis||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Holly Blue||Celastrina argiolus||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Rhopalus subrufus||21/05/2019||Steve Mathers|
Located in eastern Rutland. From the A47 take the A6121 towards Stamford which passes through Ketton. Turn left onto Pit Lane as you leave the village (travelling east) and the reserve is on the left after about 400m.